I really like towel turbans for two main reasons: 1) they’re smaller and therefore lighter than a full towel, making them less of a pain in the neck, and 2) they stay on my head without flopping around and falling off (which makes it super easy to do stuff, especially stuff requiring moving around, much more convenient). Now, I have several that came from those cheap junk catalogs. But the problem with these is that, well, they’re cheap. The material is super thin and doesn’t absorb water very well. Plus, for some reason, these junk catalog turbans are serious lint magnets in the dryer!
To remedy the issues I had with the junk catalog towel turbans, I decided to put some of our older towels into action by making my own. The result was PERFECT! These DIY towel turbans are higher quality, more absorbent, and they just look pretty! Plus, they were SO EASY to throw together. Here’s how I did it.
What You Need
- a towel (this is a great use of an older towel or a cheap discount store one)
- pinking shears
- Sharpie marker (or a piece of chalk)
- straight pins
- sewing machine (and bobbin with some of the thread on it), optional (you could hand sew it)
What You Do
This project does kinda require a sewing machine (you could hand sew it if you like), but it’s super easy so all you need to know is how to sew a basic straight stitch. This project from start to finish (including cutting and pinning) took me a grand total of about 10 minutes to make one turban.
How To Use It
The towel turban is super easy to use, especially if you’ve ever used one of the cheap ones. Here are the simple directions. And let me tell you, these pictures were hard to take (did them myself) so I hope they’re helpful!
TIP: Wash the turban before using it for the first time. I did not and, as a result, had bits of the towel from where I cut stuck in my hair! It looked like I had blue dandruff.
And that’s it! I hope you found this DIY towel turban tutorial helpful. Please leave me a comment below if you have any questions or, if you made this turban using my tutorial, feel free to share what colors you used. I have a thing for aqua blue and red EVERYTHING now, which was the reasoning behind my color choices.
TIP: When washing your towel turban, it’s best to do so without any fabric softeners (in the washer or in the dryer). Fabric softeners reduce the towel’s absorbency, hence the reason they’re best avoided. I personally use wool dryer balls which do an amazing job at keeping everything soft and static free.